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December 6, 2019

Counting to Twenty: The Irishman and the need to self-edit

The National Board of Review is saying that The Irishman is the best movie of the year.  Look, I haven’t seen it.  My husband has – and even as a Scorsese fan, he said it wasn’t that great. Based on the reviews, reviewers seem to equate length of film and career as the arbiter of quality. But I’ll tell you why I haven’t watched it.  It’s too long. I have nothing against long movies, or movies created for Netflix.  As a matter of fact, I love new methods of storytelling. And I’d thought briefly that that’s what this was.  Something…

July 1, 2016

The problem with Ilvermorny (as world building)

You easily find a lot of posts discussing JK Rowling’s latest expansion into the Harry Potter universe – Ilvermorny, the North American Wizarding School. Most centering on the cultural appropriation that the school is built on. (And from better sources than me) But here’s the cliffnotes version – it’s a British Colonialist’s dream – Young Irish girl leaves England (on the Mayflower!) and eventually founds the first magic school. The ONLY magic school. The houses picked by two children, day dreaming about what a school might be like – each named for a favorite magical creature…. most of which came…

February 5, 2014

Love and Friendship in the Wizarding World

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, odds are you heard about the interview where JK Rowling said that looking back she thought that Harry and Hermione should have ended up together as a couple. And the internet went crazy. Not because they thought that she was right, but because they were upset. As a writer, I can understand what JK Rowling said. In a way. You always wonder if you did the right thing, if there was a way to make the story stronger. But honestly, as a fan… I am upset. For a number of reasons. First, it’s pretty…

July 26, 2013

Friday Ficlet: Storm

I woke up early this morning to find that there was a thunderstorm. I got out of bed briefly to unplug my laptop and then let the rain take me back to sleep. But more interestingly was what happened before I woke up. I was in the midst of a dream about my novel, when out of the blue lightning flashed and thunder cracked, and a character from a TV show I enjoy was in the middle of it all. And it led to writing this ficlet (though it isn’t the character from the show).

June 15, 2013

[Vlog] Power Outages and Prompts (and a bonus cosplay vid!)

Over the weekend we had a planned power outage, and this is the full story. Mistakes and all. I also talk a little about my writing, and call myself an idiot. As a bonus, here’s my first cosplay progress video. It’s Abaddon from Supernatural. If you don’t watch the show (you should), this is what she looks like When I wear the cosplay to conventions, I’ll be doing this makeup to the left- but I had to see how the regular makeup test would work. And I’m really happy with how it turned out. I honestly am. If you like…

May 21, 2013

I have no idea what to say.

I’m sure that when my mom and my sister see this post, they will laugh for a good few minutes. Because if there is one thing that Whitney Drake is not known for, it’s for being at a loss for words. But here it is, getting later and later on Tuesday and I just don’t know what I could blog about. We went to Disneyland without anyone getting sick, so there’s that. We finally rode on Radiator Springs Racers, which was sort of impossible because we never got to the park early enough to manage it (pro-tip: If you want…

April 8, 2013

Location, location, location.

I do a lot of writing. So much that you don’t see here, and honestly I have no idea when I’ll have things to share (though if you’re willing to put up with all my goofy reblogs on Tumblr, I do share things there from time to time). I also do a lot of reading. Fanfiction, ebooks, physical copies of fiction. I read constantly. And occasionally I help people with editing. Over the weekend I was beta-ing a fanfic for a friend of a friend. It was good- the dialogue was sharp, no grammatical or spelling errors. But it was…

March 23, 2012

3 months!

It’s basically been three months since my hospitalization. In that time, my blood has almost gotten back to the normal iron range (1.0 more for my hemoglobin and I am there). My cells are still tinier than they should be… but bigger than they were when I was hospitalized. And I don’t have to go back for a few months! Which is a relief, because his office is so disorganized. It took two attempts for this appointment. Two weeks ago, I showed up for my appointment and left after waiting for an hour without being seen. This time, I was…

January 16, 2012

Thank you, teenage fanfic writers. I learned a lot from you.

On Saturday, I admitted that I used to write fanfiction, and there were other things I’d wanted to include in the post but didn’t have the space. This is one of them. Writing is writing, no matter where you start. Things posted by a teenager just embarking on their writing career will usually be riddled with spelling errors, unrealistic characters, and have no understanding about what an adult life actually is. If the teenage author happens to write RPF (real-person fiction, a subset of fan fiction involving the actors themselves), somehow there will be many pregnancies that occur. You get…

January 14, 2012

Confession: I used to write fanfiction.

If you’ve hung around the internet long enough, you’ve probably heard about fanfiction. Where writers take an existing work (book, comic, movie, television show) and write stories about it. Sometimes of an adult nature. Sometimes smashing together “fandoms” (the distinct properties) and coming up with something new. Yes, I wrote fanfiction. You can shake your head all you like- just stop if your brain starts to rattle around. After Pirates of the Caribbean came out, I had an idea for a spinoff adventure and started writing it. In doing so, I got involved in fandom and learned a lot about…